'The Hurt Locker' is the true darling of cinema appraisers, taking three National Society of Film Critics Awards -- including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor -- on Sunday, according to IndieWire. And a pair of acting dark horses for Oscar glory have officially emerged, thanks to the sometimes renegade ways of the NSFC. Jeremy and Yolande, take a bow.

Though we've acknowledged Jeremy Renner'sgrowing buzz for 'The Hurt Locker,' his bid for an Oscar is not a sure thing, with beloved veterans (Jeff Bridges for 'Crazy Heart') and superduperstars (George Clooney for 'Up in the Air') in the hunt. With the NSFC's pat on the back, Renner has picked up his first national film critics prize for his star turn in 'Locker' (he's already been honored as Best Actor by the Chicago and Boston Film Critics). Though Renner is missing from the Golden Globe nominees, he'll be up in the Best Actor and Best Ensemble categories when the SAG Awards are presented January 23.
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